Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe's war hero turned brutal autocrat

Zimbabweans living in South Africa celebrate the resignation of Robert Mugambe in Johannesburg

Mr Mugabe's unexpected decision to resign was the catalyst for extraordinary scenes of celebration throughout Zimbabwe.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose ousting by Robert Mugabe prompted military intervention earlier this month, is the latest in a series of influential figures to demand an end to Mugabe's 37-year reign.

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has resigned, the parliament speaker has said.

The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, has since outlined rules to guide the motion to impeach the president and has told Parliament that it will have to convene the motion at 16:30 at Rainbow Towers Hotel on Tuesday.

"The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign, so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy", Mnangagwa said in a statement. In the capital, Harare, auto horns blared, citizens hugged and people cried when news of his resignation broke at about 6.30pm local time.

It is not clear how long impeachment would take, though the ruling party has said it could vote Mugabe out as early as Wednesday.

Zimbabwe's members of parliament celebrate after Robert Mugabe's resignation.

Mr Mugabe was sacked from his position as party's leader on Sunday.

A former security chief known as The Crocodile, he was a key lieutenant to Mugabe for decades and stands accused of participating in repression against Zimbabweans who challenged the leader.

Mr Mugabe's downfall brings the curtain down on an extraordinary political career.

Only a week ago he appeared to be fully in control of the country he has ruled since 1980, despite the fact that his party was being torn apart by factionalism linked to the race to succeed him.

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